Lazio, around the capital, Rome, is an area of huge and largely unrealised potential. It has a moderate climate, great geology, is mostly volcanic with some holly or mountainous sites but much of the focus has been on quantity at the expense of quality. It is ¾ white production, predominately based on the Malvasia grape family. For Reds, Aleatico, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and the Cesanese family of grapes make up the balance of largely unremarkable wines.
Le Marche is another area where the historic quality of the wines don’t quite match its current status. For reds, the two main grapes are Sangiovese and Montepulciano. Vernaccia Nera is used to make a sweet, sparkling wine that is now declining in popularity, whilst Lacrima is the local grape of interest. The grape itself nearly died out at it is a bit prone to disease and did not take to American rootstocks, but managed to survive. The main grapes for whites are Pesserina, Biancame, Verdicchio and Pecorino. Pecoroni being, arguably, the signature grape of Marche; it typically has good acidity, generous fruit and floral flavours and aromas and shows its best expression in Offida DOCG.